Tyson Foods Settlement Addresses Multiple Releases of Anhydrous Ammonia

Tyson Foods Inc. is headquartered in Springdale, Ark. and is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a Clean Air Act (CAA) settlement with Tyson Foods, Inc. and several of its affiliate corporations to address threats of accidental chemical releases after anhydrous ammonia was released during incidents at facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, resulting in multiple injuries, property damage and one fatality. “Exposure to anhydrous ammonia can cause serious health issues, and in extreme cases, even death,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “[This] settlement with […]

EPA FY 2014 Versus FY 2012: $300 Million Cut

Despite cuts proposed by the Obama administration, “EPA’s FY 2014 budget reflects our firm commitment to keeping American communities across our country healthy and clean, while also taking into consideration the difficult fiscal situation and the declining resources of state, local and tribal programs,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Our request takes a balanced approach to funding the agency, including increased investments in more efficient technologies as well as necessary program eliminations or reductions.” Fiscal Year 2014 budget highlights include: E-Enterprise, a $60 million initiative, will enable EPA to begin developing tools and expanding systems designed to reduce the reporting burden on regulated entities and provide EPA and state […]

Sennheiser sound goes to Infiniti

Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team The audio specialist has become the team’s Official Audio Supplier, supplying professional audio solutions for the Factory debriefs, driver interviews (providing the wireless 2000 microphone series) and powering the DJ booth in the Paddock Club. The cooperation kicked off at the Shanghai Grand Prix with a special DJ set from Chinese superstar DJ, Jamaster A. Throughout the season, the companies will be working together on a number of projects. The first development to be announced is the creation by Sennheiser of a very special Infiniti Red Bull Racing edition of its acclaimed MOMENTUM headphones, part of Sennheiser’s Style Selection, featuring the colours and logo of […]

XL Video give Biffy Clyro’s ‘Opposites’ added attraction

Biffy Clyro stage set (photo by David Morrell) The ‘Opposites’ tour featured a set with an intricate tree-like structure at first glance which at second squint could morph into of a pair of lungs, complete with the arterial / branch complexity of both structures. This set piece also featured integral video elements. It was combined with a lighting design by Oli Metcalfe and live camera direction by Richard Shipman to form a visual aesthetic and backdrop to the band’s performances. The large upstage LED screen measured 18.5 metres wide by 7.8 metres high and displayed both playback footage and the IMAG mix. In addition to this, ensconced in the set […]

Falls from Roofs Account for One-Third of Construction Fall Fatalities

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) Data Center study, “Fatal Falls from Roofs Among U.S. Construction Workers,” found that falls from roofs accounted for one-third of fall-related construction fatalities from 1992-2009. The findings suggest that workers employed by small establishments, residential construction workers, Hispanic workers and immigrant workers may face disproportionately high risks of roof fatalities. A total of 20,498 occupational fatalities occurred in the construction industry from 1992-2009. Of these deaths, nearly one-third – 6,591 – were attributed to fall injuries, with 2,163 fatalities resulting from roof falls. Citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the study points out that falls account for 76 percent of fatalities […]